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Why Does my Dog Howl?

vc_rowvc_columnvc_column_text title=”Why Does My Dog Howl?”As HOWLoween approaches quickly, I thought a blog on ‘why dogs howl’ would be appropriate! Howling is one of many forms of vocal communication used by dogs. Dogs howl to attract attention, to make contact with others, and to announce their presence. Some dogs even howl in response to high-pitched sounds, such as emergency vehicle sirens or musical instruments (I’ve even had a dog howl when I sang—not sure how to take that!). For instance, you may want to notice if an emergency vehicle is in your neighborhood again, if your dog responds. They may also …

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Precious Little Endless Mt Pumpkins and Festive Fall Photos!

vc_rowvc_columnvc_column_text (Amazing) Photo credit above to Lisa and John Konopka, model: Otto (Genevieve x Bosco) /vc_column_text/vc_column/vc_rowvc_rowvc_columnvc_column_text Precious Little Endless Mt Pumpkins and Festive Fall Photos… Tis’ the Season for Festive Fall Photos… and of course puppies with pumpkins!  Below are some precious EML pups with beautiful fall setups! Enjoy the cuteness…/vc_column_text/vc_column/vc_rowvc_rowvc_columnvc_column_text /vc_column_text/vc_column/vc_rowvc_rowvc_columnvc_column_textSpeaking of pumpkins! Did you know pumpkin is a yummy AND healthy treat for your pup??? Click here for our blog post on the many benefits of feeding some pureed pumpkin to your pooch! 🙂   -Endless Mt. Labradors. Copyright 2021. All images and text can only be used …

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Have You Made Arrangements in Your Will for Your Labrador?

vc_rowvc_columnvc_column_text title=”Why should I make stipulations for the care of my dog in my WILL should I die???”Why should I have a stipulation for my dog in my WILL? Many of us think about our children and spouses in our will, should we suddenly pass from this life to the next. Many don’t think about their dogs, and from experience, it can be very traumatic to a dog whose owner suddenly “disappears.” Its hard to know how they process this and adapt—but we know there is an emotional bond that can’t be argued. About 10 years ago, HERE AT ENDLESS …

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What is a “Pandemic Puppy” or “Pandemic dog”? Behavior, anxiety, and other problems…

vc_rowvc_columnvc_column_text title=”What is a “PANDEMIC PUPPY“ OR A “PANDEMIC DOG?“ : BEHAVIORAL AND ANXIETY ISSUES (by Donna Stanley)”At first glance, your pet may seem to be a perfectly normal adolescent young dog—happy and healthy and growing. Yet, they may be one of the avalanche of about 3 million U.S. pets purchased or adopted to brighten lives of people during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. We had many go out of here at Endless Mt. Labradors. Yet, when approached by a strange dog or animal—or exposed to a new environment, the pet is not as carefree as she usually is. …

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Guest Post on Resource Guarding Training

vc_rowvc_columnvc_single_image image=”9257″/vc_column/vc_rowvc_rowvc_columnvc_column_textToday’s post is written by a now dear friend of ours, EML owner, veteran, and long-time dog trainer, Bud Roberts. We met Bud and Alice when they came to us looking for a black female puppy (Abbey, pictured above) after losing their prior Labrador love. They then adopted a retired mama from us (Hope, now Hopey, the yellow girl pictured) when she was about 4 years old. Both of these girls are now certified therapy dogs, though very different personalities. We love to hear Bud’s stories of these girls and the way they touch the hearts of those who …

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How’s it Hangin’? (A Lesson on Cryptorchids: Undescended Testicles)

vc_rowvc_columnvc_column_text title=”How’s it Hangin’???? (Cryptorchidism: One Testicle)” What Exactly Is This Odd and Oddly Named Condition? (Does neutering dogs cause cancer?) Rated PG! Cryptorchidism is the scientific term for a condition in male dogs in which one or both testicles (testes) fail to descend into the scrotum, which is the pouch or sac that holds the testicles (in the case of neutered dogs, it shrinks over time and pretty much disappears). The condition affects approximately 1% – 3% of dogs and is probably inherited since it is commonly seen in families of dogs; however, the exact cause is not fully …

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Guest Blog: Labrador Lover and Author, Annette Whipple (Interview)

vc_rowvc_columnvc_column_text title=”Guest Blog: Interview with Labrador Lover and author, Annette Whipple: “WOOF!“”Tell us about your first dog, the name, and how this influenced you to write “WOOF!” I have such fond memories of my first dog! He was a golden retriever lab mix named Dog. He was a constant companion and friend. One of my favorite memories is dancing with him to one of my dad’s old records: “Hooked on a Feeling” by B. J. Thomas. When I was brainstorming animals that I could continue with The Truth About series after Whooo Knew? The Truth About Owls was finished, dogs …

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What does the word “IN-BRED” mean in dogs?

vc_rowvc_columnvc_column_text title=”What does the word “IN-BRED“ mean?”I bet this conjures up a visual image of an extra toe or tail—but it’s MUCH deeper than that when you ask the professional breeder about what this term implies– and what it really means. Strap on your ‘knowledge craving’ part of your brain and here we go into my world! (CLICK ON ANY OF THE IMAGES TO ENLARGE!) As breeders, we spend a lifetime’s work building our bloodlines so that we have not just the AKC breed standard, but also passing health clearances going back at least 5 generations. But, just like the …

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Fox-Red Labradors: Their origins and features

vc_rowvc_columnvc_column_text title=”Fox-Red Labradors: Their origin and features”What is a FOX RED Labrador—its rise and fall in popularity over the years Above Photo: Fox Red Labradors courtesy of The Field Magazine, UK Of course I resisted the temptation to name this blog “50 shades of Yellow”—I believe that one is already taken! But I’d love to delve into the development of this part of our wonderful Labrador breed. “The Kennel Club formally acknowledges only three colors: black, yellow and liver – which has mutated to chocolate and thereby boosted the appeal of the brown version considerably. Black, everyone agrees, is black; …

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What does the word “OVER-BRED” actually mean?

vc_rowvc_columnvc_column_text title=”What does the word “OVER-BRED“ MEAN?”If I had a dollar for every time I heard a pet parent use the word “over-bred”, I’d be a millionaire. I hear it from pet owners, veterinarians, groomers, rescue parents, and from people who generally don’t understand what this really means—NOR WHAT THEY ARE IMPLYING WHEN THEY SAY IT. Here’s some possible misconceptions about this phrase/word’s meaning: *”It means that breeders interfered too much in the breeding of retriever dogs and, while they may have achieved some characteristics they wanted, they also caused some inherited problems…” (usually caused by breeding with dogs that …

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HER MAJESTY, THE QUEEN’S “SANDRINGHAM LABRADORS” (UK)

vc_rowvc_columnvc_column_text title=”Her Majesty, the Queen’s Sandringham Labradors (UK)”The Queen’s gundogs are respected throughout the Labrador world, especially when it comes to highly skilled gun dogs I have to admit, I’ve always liked that the Queen loves dogs and horses–as do I!!! But when I found out she bred LABRADORS I had to research it–and how FUN that research is for those interested in the history of the English/British/UK Labrador. (CLICK ON ANY OF THE BELOW PICTURES TO ENLARGE THEM TO SEE THE ORIGINAL CAPTIONS!) THE QUEEN’S GUNDOGS Miss Elizabeth Walton, of The Field magazine says, “Norfolk was, as the natives …

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What is that WHITE SPOT on my Labrador?

vc_rowvc_columnvc_column_text (Pictured Above: Meet historic and expert breeder, Mary Roslin Williams) I’m excited to dig into the history books of Labradors and let you peer into the very beginning of the breed and its most dedicated mentors, including the famous, ADVANCED breeder of Labradors,  Mary Roslin Williams. I tried to bid on her book “Reaching for the Stars”, written in 1988, at our World Labrador Specialty and it went for $1,400! BUT I have a rag-tag copy I keep that I call my LABRADOR BIBLE! Any breeder who has put their heart, soul and blood into the dedication to this …

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How to keep your PET INSURANCE company from dropping your dog from your policy!! (Must read!)

vc_rowvc_columnvc_column_text title=”How to keep your Lab from being dropped from you PET INSURANCE POLICY!! (A must read!!!)”These days its really hard to afford veterinary expenses, and the go up every year. Its gotten to the point where PET INSURANCE is a necessity unless you have thousands of dollars flying out of your ears. And now that there are more and more canine specialists, prices almost double if you need one of these types of veterinarians. And as everywhere, insurance companies are tightening the belt. As I hear clients report back I’ve learned some REALLY good tips to be sure you …

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The Volhard Puppy Aptitude Testing and our Thoughts…

vc_rowvc_columnvc_single_image image=”12041″/vc_column/vc_rowvc_rowvc_columnvc_column_text title=”WHAT IS “VOLHARD” PUPPY TESTING?”WHAT IS THE “VOLHARD” PUPPY APTITUDE TEST? Years ago this test was developed by an individual (Wendy Volhard) that felt it could predict the temperament of a puppy or dog by assessing the litter at a young age. Just so you get an idea of what it entails, here is an overview: (Source) “Top Dog Tips: The ideal age to test the puppy is at 49 days of age when the puppy is neurologically complete and it has the brain of an adult dog. With each passing day after the 49th day the responses …

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WHY BUY A DOG FROM A “SHOW BREEDER?” I JUST WANT A PET.

vc_rowvc_columnvc_column_text title=”WHY SHOULD I GET A PUPPY FROM A “SHOW BREEDER?“ I JUST WANT A PET!”Many people that I talk to call us because they love the look of our dogs, they love the EXTENSIVE health clearances we do, and have heard lots of great testimonies. But inevitably, people will say, “but I don’t intend to show, so I just want a pet.” Actually this is a CORRECT statement, and a good one…but I want to let you know how your PET benefits from us showing in a category with the AKC called “conformation” (measuring dogs to see that they “conform” …

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Will My Labrador be a good Watch Dog?

vc_rowvc_columnvc_column_text title=”Will my Labrador protect me? Are Labradors good ‘watch dogs?’”This is a question I often get from those who have never owned a Labrador—and even some that DO wonder why their dog won’t be a better “guard dog.” (some use the term “watch dog”) I’d love to change the vocabulary to say they are GREAT “watch dogs”.  But not necessarily “guard dogs” and if they were, history may have placed them in the AKC “Working Dog” class where many guard dogs are who were BRED to do this job. Some of them will even kill and turn on their …

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New Year’s Resolutions for a Healthier Pooch!

Every New Years that rolls around, we hear resolutions left and right for bettering ourselves, getting healthier, and making a change in our routines. “New Year, New YOU!”, we hear. But what if we looked outside of our own personal growth and betterment, and thought of what we could do to better take care of those that are completely dependent on the decisions we make for them? Of course I’m talking about our fur babies! Our pups completely rely on us to research nutrition, supplements, exercise, and health choices for them. They really have zero control over these things. We …

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Genetic Testing and Health Clearances in Labradors: What do all of these results mean?

vc_rowvc_columnvc_column_textBy this point you’ve probably read through various breeder websites, trying to educate yourself on the breed, finding a puppy, and what makes a good breeder. You’ve read over countless acronyms like OFA, EIC, PRA, CNM, TVD, and the list goes on… what do all of these things mean? What is important to test for? And most importantly, what does it all mean for your puppy? So let’s start with the basics. “Back in the day”, we all knew to at a minimum x-ray hips and check eyes before breeding our Labradors. The OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals- https://www.ofa.org/) works …

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Why does a breeder have a CONTRACT or “Health Guarantee??”

We get a lot of questions about our “contract” or “health guarantee” that we offer at Endless Mt. Labradors. To be honest, 34 years ago when I began to breed, I literally asked my mentor, Sally Kelly (Kelly Green Labradors) if I could use hers (I always felt doing things professionally was the best way to go). My other mentor in the breed recommended it also, as she had been scammed so many times she had to start to protect herself. So she helped me further improve the contact and health guarantee to better protect the breeder and the consumer …

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Therapeutic Beds for your Aging or Senior Labrador

This blog is rather personal for me, and I’m sure I’ll have completed it having shed many tears in the writing of it. It just so happens that my dear Amy (a Romeo daughter) is almost 13, but is creeping into those senior years. Now, she still walks 2 miles a day with me and is doing quite well for an old gal. But I did many things right with Amy, and many things wrong. But one of the things that is on my mind now is that I want to do right by her is in getting her a GOOD, …

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DO NOT BUY A PUPPY OR DOG UNTIL YOU READ THIS!!!

So you want a puppy? Should you adopt From a breeder? What do you need to know before you start your quest?  What are the pitfalls to avoid? Also:  You’ve found the perfect “furbaby,” now what? Discover the best way to navigate the waters of welcoming a new canine family member. The information in Insider Secrets to Adopting the Right Dog allows you to experience a smooth, peaceful transition for you and your new addition. Insider Secrets includes sections on puppy training, how to choose a breeder, how to choose an individual dog, how to house-train, and socialize your new …

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Anal Glands: We “express” an understanding of the “root cause” of problems that arise

Most dogs at some time in their lives can be caught doing the ‘boot-scootin’ boogie’ on your carpet while you cry, “nooooo….”(in embarrassment, if there are guests! Lol) There are many possible reasons for this behavior, but most times its to relieve itchy, irritated, inflamed, or even impacted anal glands. The most common causes of anal gland issues are diet (stool issues), trauma to the glands, tilted glands (most are at ‘8 and 4’ o’clock positions, but can be at 7 and 2, causing some discomfort) So the location of the glands can be an issue too. It’s best to …

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What food should I feed my pet?

How do I know what to feed my dog?? (Especially with so much info and brands marketing their food! It can be confusing!) In a recent survey of pet owners, about 25% revealed that they change the diet they feed their dog or cat every 12 months!!! (I was actually very shocked by that!) Interestingly, dog owners are most likely to switch to a higher quality food more than cat owners. Cat owners are more motivated by which food their cat likes eating. Because a lot of veterinarians are not trained in pet nutrition, many are turning online and to …

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How do I stop my dog from CHEWING??? (Satisfy your dog’s need to chew without making it a bad habit)

Since dogs are natural chewers and explore the world with their mouths a lot. Chewing sometimes alleviates boredom or stress but has many benefits as well:  cleans teeth, exercises their jaw muscles. But what about the problem chewer? How about the puppy that “needs” to chew when he is teething? Let’s explore, quickly, what is SAFE and what is appropriate for your pet…and let’s do it WITHOUT teaching them to chew as a “bad habit”!! (this is CRITICAL!) BORDOM: Dogs that get a lot of social and mental stimulation tend to chew less than their under-exercised/under stimulated counterparts. So its …

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I want a Labrador with a BIG HEAD!! (But do you know what to look for besides just size?)

For 34 years now, I’ve heard thousands say to me, “I want a Lab with a BIG HEAD!! “ or… my favorite…”I want a block-headed lab!” (And I’m thinking, “Uh….no, you don’t want a ‘stubborn pet!!’ Ha! Sorry—it just sounds so funny to me) But is it all just about just SIZE? (sorry) Or is also about also including the muzzle size/shape and eye set, dome of head, “stop”, and ear set—and are the ears balanced correctly with the entire head? (There was one bloodline we had a few decades ago that use to have ears occasionally that were a …

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Sink or Swim: Life lessons from a Puppy

In life, we often find ourselves powerless to avoid crisis, disappointment, and disillusionment. Still, we DO have a choice in how we react/respond to these hurtful interruptions that take up residence in our lives or turn it upside down. We’re tempted to give up, experience depression, or even lash out at the very people we love most. That’s when we decide if we will sink or swim. And its a lesson I’ve learned quite often from my dogs. One such experience occurred during a “first swimming lesson” in our pond on a hot, sunny day in July with a puppy …

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My Labs have been a lifeline for me during the Pandemic. Here is why.

From the time we began lockdown in March, I wondered how long it would last and what in the world the outcome would be. Of course, I never expected our country to splitter into such unrest, hate, and anger, and the story is still unfolding. But there are dogs. I can’t tell you how many days I faced slight depression over the fallout of this pandemic on the lives around us, and my dogs still managed to make me smile, embrace the important things in my life that I could cherish at the time (daily), and they provided some great …

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How much does it COST to own a DOG?

I’m so glad you asked!!! After over 33 years of owning dogs, I have to say that an ounce of prevention goes the farthest way. There are things you can do to SAVE you money that many people never think of. And here are the biggest mistakes people make that cost them money when they own a dog: Not purchasing Pet Insurance. This one hit me right between the eyes and gave me a black eye a time or two. We never “expect” our dog to chew through a stick that had an old rusty piece of barbwire in it. …

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Treating Heartworm Naturally

Ivermectin is a common medication know to be used to kill many different types of parasites. It’s most currently used in monthly heartworm prevention. It has also been  used to treat ear mites as well as hair mites, which can cause mange. It is used to treat some internal parasites as well, but is not use predominantly for this. “Additionally, certain dogs are genetically hypersensitive to the medication. In these dogs, ivermectin can pass directly to the brain and be toxic or even lethal. Sensitivity to the drug can also be seen in dogs or puppies that have overdosed on a similar medication …